Explanations: No. 14677 – Monday, 16 January 2012

Mon, Jan 16, 2012, 23:59

   

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Across
8 The number by the A in 4-down (8)

THIRTEEN
“UNCLOAK” is the answer to the clue for 4-down. Checking the grid reveals that there is a number THIRTEEN in the same square as the letter A in UNCLOAK.
9 Burst into the sound of a cat sent back into it (6)
I(RRUP)T
Into “it” (I-T) the sound of a cat, ‘purr’, sent back (RRUP) = IRRUPT: burst into.
10 Sad the sitter moved (6)
TRISTE
The “sitter” moved = TRISTE: sad.
11 Letter to reel in a lady’s man (8)
LAND-LORD
To reel in (LAND) a Lady’s man (LORD) = LANDLORD: letter.
12 Manual edited for a graduate (6)
ALUMNA
“Manual” edited, for = ALUMNA: a graduate.
13 Renounce the first two letters by Diana and Catherine (8)
AB-DI-CATE
The first two letters, of the alphabet (AB) by “Diana” (DI) and “Catherine” (CATE) = ABDICATE: renounce.
15 A big bank for a youngster back east (4)
DIK-E
A youngster, ‘kid’, back (DIK) east (E) for = DIKE: a big bank.
17 Took the edges off the OED? (7)
ROUND-ED
The O (ROUND) ED (ED) = ROUNDED: took the edges off?
19 Void you reportedly backfill in a city in the US (7)
N(U-LLIF)Y
In “a city in the US” (N-Y) “you” reportedly, back “fill” (U-LLIF) = NULLIFY: void.
22 Excluding 4+2 it’s 5-1 and 2-1 perhaps (4)
ODDS
It’s “5-1”, i.e. 54321, excluding “4+2” (5-3-1, all ODDS) and = ODDS: 2-1 perhaps.
24 Guy with a cash drawer and a scarf (8)
MAN-TILL-A
Guy (MAN) with “a cash drawer” (TILL) and “a” (A) = MANTILLA: scarf.
27 Not knowing perhaps it’s unreal exchanging fifty for five hundred? (6)
UNREA-D
It’s “unreal” exchanging “fifty” for “five hundred” (exchanging “L” for “D” in UNREA-L) = UNREAD: not knowing, perhaps.
29 Edie, you heard the cat with Edward, not like 27-across (8)
EDU-CAT-ED
“Edie, you” heard (EDU) the cat (CAT) with “Edward” (ED) = EDUCATED: not like UNREAD.
30 Like hurrying to wait for Ron dividing one and one hundred (6)
I(RON)IC
Dividing “one” and “one” “hundred” (I-IC) Ron (RON) for = IRONIC: like “hurrying to wait”.
31 A Friday about Chad’s place (6)
A-FRI-CA
A Friday (A FRI) about, ‘circa’ (CA) = AFRICA: Chad’s place.
32 The element iron is converted in the flue (8)
FLU(ORIN)E
In “the flue” (FLU-E) “iron” is converted (ORIN) = FLUORINE: the element.

Down
1 The church said it’s like Beethoven’s ninth (6)

CH-ORAL
The church (CH) said (ORAL) = CHORAL: it’s like Beethoven’s Ninth (Symphony, the “Choral”).
2 One reporting the president’s mother to the North (8)
PRES’S-MA-N
The president’s (PRES’S) mother (MA) to “the North” (N) = PRESSMAN: one reporting.
3 Traitor to his friends, Descartes aged terribly (8)
RENE-GADE
Descartes, to his friends (RENE) “aged” terribly (GADE) = RENEGADE: traitor.
4 Reveal uncle clipped a tree (7)
UNCL-OAK
“Uncl-e” clipped (UNCL) a tree (OAK) = UNCLOAK: reveal.
5 Offended and upset Desmond around the hotel (6)
S(INN)ED
Desmond, ‘Des’, up-set (S-ED) around “the hotel” (INN) and = SINNED: offended.
6 Have fun and roil around in a football club (6)
F(ROLI)C
In “a football club” (F-C) “roil” around (ROLI) and = FROLIC: have fun.
7 A pear cocktail takes it, if it’s drunk (8)
APER-IT-IF
A “pear” cocktail (APER) takes “it, if” (IT IF) = APERITIF: it’s drunk.
14 Be heard at the finale and take a bow, perhaps (4)
B-END
“Be” heard (B) at “the finale” (END) and = BEND: take a bow, perhaps.
16 One worshiped and said this at the altar after Kay, I hear (4)
I-DO-L
Said this at the altar (I DO) after Kay, I hear, ‘after K’ (L) and = IDOL: one worshiped.
18 Around Granny, do Fianna Fáil show up intermittently? (2,3,3)
O-N AN-D O-FF
A-round (O) Granny (NAN) do (DO) Fianna Fáil (FF) show up = ON AND OFF: intermittently.
20 America announced you are with debts getting too much interest (8)
US-UR-IOUS
America (US) announced “you are” (UR) with “debts” (IOUS) = USURIOUS: getting too much interest.
21 Lawrence quickly takes the new B-road for the old port (8)
LAR-BROAD
“Lawrence” quickly (LAR) takes the new “B-road” (BOARD) for = LARBOARD: the old “port” (the “port” side of a boat used to be the “larboard” side).
23 Five hundred and one defy half to make foppish (7)
D-AND-I-FY
Five hundred and one (D AND I) “de-fy” half (FY) = DANDIFY: to make foppish.
25 Cut up, with family ready for bed (4,2)
TUC-K IN
“Cut” up (TUC) with “family” (K-IN) = TUCK IN: ready for bed.
26 Really dangerous hate brewing in the fifties (6)
L(ETHA)L
In “the fifties” (L-L) “hate” brewing (ETHA) = LETHAL: really dangerous.
28 A Spaniard’s ‘yes’ answer is for Afghans, perhaps (6)
A-SI-ANS
A (A) Spaniard’s “yes” (SI) answer (ANS) is for = ASIANS: Afghans, perhaps.